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Monks' Ale - Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)

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Monks' AleMonks' Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Monks’ Ale is distinctly fruity and spicy. The yeast lends a note of clove and in combination with the malt, hints of plum and apricot. The malt itself provides a honeyish quality up front, a round fullness in the middle, and the hops, together with our pure brewing water, lend a clean, dry finish.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: glid02 on 10-31-2010)
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-19-2013 23:47:07 | More by Tiernan
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-18-2013 00:26:03 | More by brutalist
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BradShook

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-12-2013 20:14:21 | More by BradShook
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-12-2013 02:49:51 | More by kjkinsey
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-07-2013 02:35:55 | More by Dactrius
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, tight, foamy, white head. Settles quickly leaving a thick beer ring. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Grass, a little citrus zest, a slight hop, a touch of honey, and coriander.

T: Cardboard, lightly sweetened hop, coriander, and pepper. A bit of a butterscotch or caramel, but very light.

M: Earthy and grainy. A little shallow. Synthetically sweet feeling finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Dark hue, tight foamy head, and plenty of thick persistent lacing. Nose is grassy more than grainy, accentuated with a little citrus zest, hop, honey, and coriander. Cardboard and white bread, with a slight sweet hop bite, and spice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:55:59 | More by bmwats
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-20-2013 01:04:05 | More by Ryanm1
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drinkAK

Alaska

2.75/5  rDev -21%

07-12-2013 17:53:44 | More by drinkAK
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of orange-tan with a little haze, 1/2 finger head that left an off-white sheen and some decent lacing.

Aroma is pretty yeasty, along with fruity, and with a touch of caramel malt.

Flavor is very Belgian yeast forward, with a pretty good fruitiness, some clove, some pepper, and some non-distinct spices, The malt base provides a solid background for the other flavors, lending a nice caramel malt/bread/light toast note.

Body is very full and rich, and leaves a malt base/caramel malt/Belgian yeast blend of aftertastes.

It's an interesting brew, and was certainly worth the price. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 15:56:01 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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zenithberwyn

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-04-2013 08:00:41 | More by zenithberwyn
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy golden amber capped by a dense, creamy tannish head. Numerous columns of small bubbles are seen rising up through the glass. Head stays intact all the way down the glass and leaves behind splotches of lacing on the top half of the glass and a thick complete ring of tiny bubbles on the bottom half.

S - A mild apple cider spice upon opening the bottle. In the glass a bit more green apple yeast notes come out on an inviting caramel and biscuit background.

T - Caramel malt upfront. The body is an intriguing blend of yeast and light apple notes on a light caramel and biscuit backbone. More caramel and a flash of green apple as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a bitter caramel granny smith apple finish.

M - On the slightly heavy of light bodied with ample carbonation. Seems to suite the style well enough and is a tad bit fizzy as the beer goes down.

Monks Ale came in a summer beer pack I purchased at World Market a few years ago for $7.50 (12 beers). Given the low price tag and how well this beer seems to have held up, I'm going to go ahead and pull the trigger on a 4 overall. The green apple and caramel flavors are unique to me and I like the somewhat light body and darker color. This may not be the best crafted beer, but it is interesting, unique, and possibly cheap enough for me to consider getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 05:10:09 | More by Bockrules
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Dweedlebug

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.8%

06-29-2013 21:47:01 | More by Dweedlebug
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gleemonger

California

4/5  rDev +14.9%

06-13-2013 18:39:51 | More by gleemonger
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark amber to brown with a finger of head. Head lingers a bit and leaves nice spotted lacing on the glass.

S: Malty.

T: Definitely a good amount of malting in this beer but also getting some molasses on the finish. Flavor of an Belgian Dubbel without the ABV.

M: Good heft to this brew for a 5.1 - really nice flavor.

O: Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 23:08:35 | More by Oakenator
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

06-08-2013 19:23:04 | More by Boone757
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21%

06-08-2013 14:12:08 | More by mikehillman
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-29-2013 16:48:02 | More by InspectorBob
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

05-14-2013 01:41:39 | More by aty11b
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied fruit, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that tastes better than it smells.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 04:50:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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California

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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johnhames

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-12-2013 20:09:26 | More by johnhames
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Michaeldmanley

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.8%

02-06-2013 09:13:49 | More by Michaeldmanley
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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-02-2013 03:08:48 | More by tubeyes
Monks' Ale from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
80 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.